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SPECIAL NIGHT — The Rev. Richard Dykstra of Roxbury, right, is all smiles after receiving the Margaretville Hospital Keene A. Roadman Citizen of the Year Award on Saturday evening at the Harvest Moon Ball. The event was sponsored by the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. Also pictured during the presentation are event Chair Karen Kolar and Hospital Board Member Tom O’Brien.— Photo by

More vandalism, arson in Millbrook

By Pauline Liu
The outhouse that was burned at the Kelly Hollow Trailhead in Middletown several weeks ago was not an isolated incident, according to Middletown Supervisor Len Utter. 

The supervisor is an assistant chief of the Arena Fire Department, which responded to two other recent incidents of apparent arson no more than 100 yards from the site of the outhouse fire. In each case, the blazes were still burning when the fire department arrived on the scene.

Chichester, Lanesville among post offices targeted for closure

By Jay Braman Jr.
The federal government appears to be making good on its long-held plans to close thousands of rural post offices.

Several years ago it was announced that the postmaster general was taking a long hard look at the mail and how much it costs to deliver. In an effort to cut costs, post offices with low traffic and revenue would be shuttered.

A list of post offices that are on the chopping block has been made public and two offices slated for closure are in the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County.

Weddings big business in the Catskills

By Jennifer Kabat
This weekend someone will be getting married in Roxbury. It doesn’t matter which weekend it is, but the odds are that if it’s summer and a weekend, a wedding is underway. Roxbury's Wedding BarnRoxbury's Wedding BarnOver the past few years the Catskills have become a popular location for nuptials. The trend coincides with the rise of community supported agriculture box buying, locavore eating, farm to table and back to the landers. It’s the staycation meets the destination wedding because it’s so easy to get here, and the Western Catskills tick all the above boxes.  And, the most popular location? A barn. Not just any barn either.

Reunions for Margaretville and Andes bring alumni back to area

By Pauline Liu
If Arkville and Andes looked busier than usual this past weekend, that’s probably because each community played host to a school reunion, which brought about 100 alumni back to the area.

East Branch access project flows to completion

By Pauline Liu
An intensive three-year study aimed at improving recreational access to the East Branch of the Delaware River should be completed by this autumn.

That news was shared by Carol O’Beirne, executive director of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, who is helping to spearhead the effort.

According to O’Beirne, before the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided the $55,000 grant for the project in February, the research was already well underway.

Miller, Moskowitz in Middletown Supervisor race

Staff report
A new candidate has entered the Town of Middletown supervisor’s race and another potential entrant said he is not running.

Arkville resident Marjorie Miller issued a statement that she will be an Independent candidate for the Middletown supervisor’s position this fall.

Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton, who told the News last week that he had been contemplating running for Middletown supervisor, said he has reconsidered and will not enter the race.

“I’ve thought a lot about running, but I’ve decided to stay where I am,” said Mayor Stanton.

Flooding, Binnekill woes focus of Margaretville board

By Pauline Liu
A flood commission may be one of the answers to Margaretville’s continuing flood problems. 

Heat wave made for a hot time in Arkville

Staff report
Anyone who went to the websites for AOL Weather or AccuWeather on Friday to check the forecast for Arkville would have been startled to discover that the current temperature and daytime high was listed at a mind boggling 131 degrees Fahrenheit. The fact that not one, but two internationally known websites listed the same temperature error made the situation all the more bizarre, especially since they operate independently of one another. Had anyone taken the reading seriously, the tiny hamlet of Arkville would have become the center of national news coverage.

Epner is new director at PH Community Center

The Pine Hill Community Center has appointed Ann Epner of Denver as its new executive director, effective August 1.

Ann will be replacing James Krueger, who has directed the center since 2002. Ann is best known for her work at The Roxbury Arts Group, where she has been employed for the past 11 years as program director, community arts coordinator and press coordinator. Ann has been involved in a number of community groups, including a stint as president of Writers in the Mountains and producing multiple shows on Roxbury’s WIOX.

Same sex marriages make history in the Catskills

During the first hours that same-sex marriage became legal on Sunday, 37-year-old Katie Morgan and 30-year-old Brooke Barnett made history by becoming Shandaken’s first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license.

“I never thought we could married in New York,” explained Morgan, who is a freelance television producer in New York City.

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